NORTH WEST, NORTH WALES AND ISLE OF MAN CONGENITAL HEART NETWORK
Advice for patients and families affected by congenital heart disease and children with other heart conditions
Updated Consensus Statement 15/06/20
We appreciate that patients and families will be very anxious at this time. We would advise that everyone regardless of their age follow the advice being provided and updated regularly by Public Health England (PHE) and available online:
The current coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is expected to affect a large number of people over the coming months. There remains very little evidence relating to patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) and the risks of infection with this new virus.
So far, it appears that most children with CHD are unlikely to be at any greater risk of COVID-19 than those in the general population. Evidence from around the world suggests the disease is much milder in children and, in fact, some may show no significant symptoms at all. The risk of becoming very unwell due to COVID-19 is low for children and younger adults.
Everyone must still stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Limit your contact with others.
- Staying at home is the easiest way to do this.
- Work from home if you can
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Consider wearing a face covering if you are unable to keep your distance. This will become mandatory from 15/06/20 in the following circumstances:
- Public transport
- Visiting a hospital
- Wash your hands regularly
- Self-isolate if you (for 7 days) or anyone in your household (for 14 days) has symptoms
This advice is changing regularly. To keep updated about what you can and cannot do click the links below:
What You Can & Cannot Do:
Staying Safe Outdoors:
How to Wear a Face Covering Safely (film by the BBC):